Here in the US, Google has had its own mail-in repair center set up for Pixel phones for around eight months. In the rest of the world, though, Google offers nothing of the sort, instead pointing customers to recommended walk-in and mail-in service centers via a support page. These support pages have just been updated, indicating that official mail-in services will soon be offered in a number of European countries. Read More
Despite Google Pay already supporting around 2,000 banks and credit unions in the US and not nearly as many internationally, US support continues to grow at a pace greater than all other countries combined. Since we last posted about international Google Pay additions last month, nine banks in ten countries are now on the supported list. Read More
There are many digital ways to consume our photos and memories these days — browsing on our phones, casting to a large TV, showcasing on a Smart Display like the Google Home Hub — but if you want physical copies of your pics to flip through and enjoy, you will need to print them. Google Photos offers a photo book service in several countries, and now it's expanding to 14 more in Europe. Read More
In late May, we noted that a Spain launch for the Home and Home Mini was imminent after the duo showed up on a Spanish retailer's site. That wasn't entirely surprising given that Google had mentioned they'd be coming to Spain sometime in 2018. A few weeks later, the Home and Home Mini are now available from the Google Store not just in Spain, but also in Austria and Ireland. Read More
Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices in the UK began receiving their Android 8.0 Oreo updates at the beginning of this month, but Samsung is now suspending rollouts because some devices are experiencing random reboots. The company has issued an official statement and some instructions for those stuck with rebooting phones. Read More
Google Wifi impressed when it first came out right at the end of 2016. And it's still an excellent option today, especially if you want a reliable connection throughout your home which you struggle to achieve with a single-router setup. Unfortunately, Google Wifi is only available in a handful of countries, but Ireland has just been added to the list. Read More
Amazon and Google are in a race to expand their voice assistants to more countries. While both Google Assistant and Alexa are already available in the United Kingdom, neither have a presence in Ireland. Today, Amazon announced that Alexa is officially available in the country, with some of the company's Echo speakers also making a debut. Read More
To call the Facebook suite of apps a bloated mess would be an understatement, most especially the ever-growing Messenger — I think I've used it once, after which I uninstalled it. However, in a surprising turn of events, Facebook has launched the "lite" version of the app in North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Read More
Android Pay may not yet exist where you live, but it is slowly continuing to expand into new markets. As of today, Pay is available in Ireland, making this effectively the first time a user can use euros with Android Pay.
Impressively, Android Pay works on any NFC-enabled phone running KitKat 4.4 and up — which as of last week potentially represents as much as 84.7% of active devices. Setting up mobile payments requires adding an eligible debit or credit card from either AIB or KBC, with more banks to be added "in the coming months." For now, Android Pay in Ireland supports nine retail partners and seven apps, including Tesco, McDonald's, and Uber. Read More
Earlier this month, Samsung began an exchange program for Note7 owners in the United States after a global recall was announced. The United States program allowed customers to exchange their affected device and either receive a fixed model when stock was available, or buy a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and receive a refund of the price difference.
Today, a similar program has begun in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Essentially all the details are the same, but this program only mentions returning affected Note7s to receive fixed models; details about switching to other Galaxy phones are missing. Samsung also reports that affected devices in the UK and Ireland will be updated to limit the maximum battery charge to 60%, similar to Note7 devices in South Korea. Read More